The LSE Lady Hawks basketball team continued its winning ways Friday night in the championship in the Centralia Middle School Basketball Tournament by beating the host team in a thriller 33-31.
The Lady Hawks, improving to 6-0 on the season, led Centralia 19-15 at the half and 25-23 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period with the game still up for grabs, LSE matched Centralia with eight points for the victory.
LSE coach Emily Allsop said the girls got off to a great start in the first quarter, getting lots of easy lay-ups off the break, but once Centralia took the press off, the girls really struggled offensively.
“We looked intimidated by Centralia’s physical defense, couldn’t execute our offense, and threw up a bunch of bad 3’s,” Allsop said. “However, we played great defense, and our defense carried us to hold on to the lead just long enough for the final buzzer to sound.”
Paige Peterson had 12 points, three rebounds and one steal for LSE. Kyla Johnson chipped in eight points and one rebound while Brynn Edwards added five points and four rebounds, Kate Peterson also with five points, Leigha Vollmer with three points and three rebounds, Camryn Monteer with two rebounds and one steal and Blake Allison with one steal.
The Lady Hawks also finished the game hitting 12 of 33 shots from the field for 36 percent and 8 of 17 from the foul line for 47 percent.
For Centralia, Shelby Salisbury, Kaili Hinds and Nicole Duncan each had six points.
As for the LSE boys basketball team, they had a little tougher time while losing in the championship game against Jeff Junior 42-35.
The Hawks, 2-4 on the season, trailed Jeff Junior 20-11 at the half and 31-20 after three quarters of play. Meanwhile, in the final period, LSE rallied back with a 15-11 scoring edge to cut the lead back to seven.
LSE coach Terry Luster said the boys had trouble shooting the first half and failed to score a field goal in the second quarter. “In the third quarter we missed five free throws,” Luster said. “We will have to do a better job shooting to get back on the winning path this week in the LSE Tournament.”
Kole Ficken had the high game for LSE with 15 points along with three rebounds and two steals.
Alec Adair finished the game with 13 points, four steals and one rebound while Jaylen Butner added three points and two steals and Weston Fahrenbrink and Brett Dillender each with two points and three rebounds.